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The North Wales town where the age of steam is making a comeback

One of the steam trains that runs on the Llangollen Steam Railway Photo: ITV News Wales

Look in the history books and it’ll tell you that the railway age started somewhere around the 1830’s.

Ask anyone in the small town of Corwen, nestling in the south of Denbighshire, and they’ll tell you that the railway age is about to start for them quite soon.

It’s almost fifty years since the Beeching axe swung in Wales and cut off the old railway line from Ruabon to Barmouth – and nearly forty since a group of enthusiasts created what’s become the Llangollen Railway.

The aim of that railway was always to reach Corwen – soon the line will reach the outskirts of the town.

The railway attracts visitors all year round Credit: ITV News Wales

And what does that mean for Corwen itself? That it becomes – literally – a destination, rather than just a place many people pass through – that it inherits the hundred thousand visitors who use the Llangollen Railway each year and will overspill into the town.

It’s rather like receiving a multi million pound railway ticket. There are roughly two miles to go until the railway reaches the end of the line.

This week, they celebrate their steam gala (complete with rail enthusiast Pete Waterman and special guest engines) and they’re hoping to get ten thousand visitors in during what isn’t even a peak holiday time.

For this town, the railway age can’t come soon enough